What’s Been Good About EH5

Ann Harrison was a standout student on EH5 (there were many on that course, which ran despite lockdown from September 2020 to Jun 2021!)

We managed to get back in to the classroom for Module 10 (Jun 2021) and she very kindly wrote this poem for us:


Sitting at my laptop the other night

Had sent off my paperwork, Anne said it was right

Relieved, I took a break… mulled over some thoughts in my head

And, instead of submitting WR102… the muse struck and I wrote nonsense verse instead!


Module 1, we logged in, wet behind the ears

But Alex and Anne soon allayed our fears

They smiled, full of enthusiasm, and we smiled back at them

Our mirror neurons were firing on all cylinders

Though we didn’t know it then!


We soon learned Anne needed her coffee fix

And Alex loved his pre-course run

Just so they felt a tad human

Before the Zoom meeting had begun

Checking out our faces on the screen

Any latecomers for roll call?

Don’t forget 9.30 sharp on Sunday so there’ll be time for group trance for all!


Gulp! What? See clients straight away

Friends and family will do

To practice language patterns and trance

Crivvens! Our stress buckets were fu’!


Anne said “pull up your big girl/boy pants

You’ll be qualified one day!”

Then we discovered the sting in the tail…

By module 8 they’d have to pay!


“Aye,” Alex said, “on top of that

4 pages of Neuroscience to recite

In front of the class, live, no cheating”

Poor Lesley near collapsed with stage fright


Help was at hand in the form of Ciara

She set up our Whatsapp group

To support each other, disseminate info

And generally keep us all in the loop.


Recorded our downloads by month 3

Using a specialist if you’re no use at IT

Background Music with no infringement of copyright

For our clients to listen to in bed at night


Module 4 lying awake at night, was it indigestion?

No, simply trying to get to grips with the infernal Miracle Question

Give the clients time to answer, Anne said, Alex said up and down your fingers is the goal

But, whatever you do guys, don’t go down that rabbit hole.


Rewind and Reframe was a revelation

Module 5 lived up to all our expectations

Now we had the Protocol for Phobias and Fears

Our clients could now face spiders without panic and tears


Module 6 introduced us to Smoking Cessation

Although now in 2021 we’re more a ‘vaping’ nation

But when we try to take on clients who need to give up the fags…

they say “Oh I’ve a wee bit of tobacco left in my pouch, mind if I have one last drag?”


We’ve had brilliant guest speakers

Lyn Penman, Nicola Griffiths, Rachel Gillibrand

But a certain world champion boxer

Showed us what he could do with that left hand

Glenn Catley, inspirational (with DN)

Invented the Mongoose (a two pronged attack)

Dip the shoulder, avoid the jab, left uppercut

And his opponent was on his back!


Our Supervision Q and A became the norm

Hearing our peers problem clients and case histories

Actually went down a storm

Later on in the course we really had to engage our intellectual minds

Because we had to answer our own queries

Alex and Anne had to be cruel to be kind!


Polar bears, cavemen, Two Trees, Steel Balls

CORP, metaphors galore, this course had it all

In 10 months we’ve learned the tools of our trade

Just follow the format, trust the process

And clients problems will fade


‘What’s been good’, ‘sparkling moments’ of the course

Too numerous to mention

But best of all, Module 10 being live

Our own Edinburgh convention

Just to meet face to face

In the same room

After all can’t do elbow bumps on zoom!


I think I speak for all when I say

Support is the key word

Struggling with MQ or CORP, a dip in confidence

We know our voice would be heard

By Alex and Anne or our ‘study buddies’

We always supported each other

From now on we’re all a family

Hypno sisters and brother


So thank you CPHT Edinburgh School

And thank you Alex and Anne as lecturers you’re cool

You gave us responsibility in Module 1, you knew that was best

So now in Module 10, your fledgling hypnos” are just about ready to leave the nest.

We’ll fly in now and then for supervision and advice

Maybe sometime we’ll meet for coffee and cake

That’d be really nice

But now folks raise a glass for Anne and Alex and all the students too

Because we qualified despite the pandemic

Yes thanks to SFH we all came through


To Anne and Alex and us… cheers!

Ann’s website is: https://northhypnotherapy.com/

A Golden Opportunity!

Time to retrain - CPHT Edinburgh Hypnotherapy training in Edinburgh
Hypnotherapy – a new career at any age.

The start of our impending Edinburgh course is an even bigger golden opportunity than usual.  Given the challenging times we’re facing, this course can help make a real difference to people’s lives.

We don’t just mean a real difference to someone’s career and life overall.  It will also considerably help others who will become future clients of our students and graduates.

As you sit reading this, does it seem possible that you could change what you do so significantly within a 10-month course.  As Lecturers, we know it is very possible.  We’ve been there.  We took that first step of applying for this course (admittedly a few years ago now) and we’ve been full-time hypnotherapists ever since.

There is a Buzz in the Air:

Our Lecturers are beginning to prepare for this next Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD).  It will kick off in Edinburgh on the 4th and 5th of September.  We will be tapping into the power of the brain and explaining the positive effects of hypnosis, demonstrated by using an EEG machine.  We teach students how to deal with everything from insomnia through to panic attacks; sports performance through to weight management; what neuroscience is telling us about the brain; plus a huge amount more.

Our students can look forward to making long-term friends as well as getting rather excited about a new career utilising Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

How Ann, a graduate from our last course, puts it:

“I feel fortunate to have trained with the CPHT Edinburgh School , it has given me a whole new career and a new lease of life.
The course is structured in such a way as to instil confidence in you from the word go. Also the lecturers are full of enthusiasm and make every module very enjoyable while delivering the essence of SFH, the neuroscience and interesting anecdotes from their personal experience as Solution Focused Hypnotherapists. They (in this instance Anne Wyatt and Alex Brounger) have been supportive all the way and have faith in sending us out into the world to ‘fly solo’.”

If you want to make a difference, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees by clicking on the HPD tab above.  If you’re interested, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

They make a difference!

Well would you believe it, another course has graduated and we’ve sent our students out into the big wide world.

Whilst we feel protective of our students, we also have absolute faith that they will do a superb job and make a difference to the people they work with.  After all, they were already doing a grand job of helping people overcome all sorts of issues whilst they were on course – we’ve seen the results.

Not only do we have faith in them because we’ve seen the results, but the feedback from the students as they graduated last weekend solidified our confidence in them.

Here’s just one of the many testimonials:

It’s incredibly rewarding to ‘make a difference’.  As the graduates found out when they started the course last September, even the initial consultation with a client can make a significant difference to that person’s life.  A simple explanation of how the brain works and getting the client to understand that, usually, the problem isn’t about them but simply how a brain will respond to a certain set of situations and that they can take control.

Here’s confirmation of the above from another of our graduates:

“I totally recommend this course to anyone who is looking to change their life towards the better and help others in the process. It’s a win-win!!” (Elaine)


So, if you want to make a difference, to both yourself and others, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab above.

If you want to then give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.


The Safety Net!

Sometimes a graduate from our course can come up with a very unusual query.  This can happen more frequently than you might imagine. As hypnotherapists we come across clients with a huge variety of issues that they want help with.  That means we occasionally get thrown a curve ball.  That is when when the therapist can find it very useful to call on a more experienced colleague, their supervisor. Hypnotherapy Supervisors are trained to help Hypnotherapists chat through (in strict confidence) their thoughts on how to proceed.

Supervision on Course:

At CPHT, we recognise the need for safety nets all through our course and beyond.  Whilst on course, our lecturers are the students’ supervisors.  We’re on call between course weekends to answer any queries the student might have about their case study clients.  Many students say how much they enjoyed the support they received between teaching weekends.

Supervision after Graduation:

Upon graduation, those students can choose from a nice long list of solution-focused supervisors.  This allows them to expand their knowledge even further as they move forward in their careers.  And guess what, even Supervisors have supervision!

The Benefits of Supervision:

Supervision, whether for hypnotherapists, counsellors, or even GPs, is an important part of development.  It can inform the supervisee on developments in research or science.  It also allows them to talk about any problem cases that aren’t moving forward in a safe and confidential environment.  Supervision builds confidence that therapists are making the right decisions. In addition, it gives an opportunity to reflect on what they might do differently and more!

Solution focused hypnotherapists are usually self-employed.  They love the team environment that our course provides, but once graduated they are working much more on a solo basis.  This is where the safety net becomes even more important. Through Supervision, they get the support of not only the supervisor, but also the supervisor’s other supervisees.  This is known as ‘group supervision’.  It’s very similar to going back into class and getting that positive interaction with others.  The choice is up to the therapist whether they have group supervision, 1-1 supervision or a mixture of both.

It is always good to have a bit of support in life.  This is especially important when you’re helping people to overcome their problems and encouraging a better outcome for your clients.

If you want a career that gives you support, then do get in touch.  We’re currently interviewing for our Edinburgh course which starts in September.

Get on With Choosing!

We suspect the majority of us have unfulfilled goals?  Whether that’s simply getting around to clearing out the spare room, sorting out our paperwork or taking the plunge to change careers to something more fulfilling! Most of us have things that we will “do one day”.

Did you know that research has shown that unfulfilled goals persist in the mind.  You could define it as occasional nagging!  But the brain reminds us of our goal and focuses on finding ways to achieve it.  So, even if you think that you’ve forgotten that goal, your mind has kept it active in the subconscious and will look for opportunities to fulfil it!

A couple of clever chaps called Masicamp and Baumeister set up a series of studies to investigate this.  They discovered that having an unfinished goal caused intrusive thoughts.  These in turn caused problems with tasks associated with logical thinking. Basically, it mucked things up a bit in the brain!

Time for Planning:

If we take time to make plans to achieve the goal, this helps us. Those who acted on their plans and made attempts to fulfil their goals found that they had a clearer head and were no longer bothered by intrusive thoughts.  Interestingly, the very act of planning appeared not only to suspend the mind’s drive to achieve the goal, it reduced intrusive thoughts and freed up the mind for other uses.

Our lives are usually filled with plenty of choices and, sometimes, the more choices we have the more complicated life can become.  This is especially the case if we’re dithering on something as simple as clearing out the spare room or sitting down to have a cup of tea!  Is the world going to stop spinning if we don’t choose one over the other?  The simple answer to that is “No”.  However, we can benefit greatly from making a straight forward choice and ‘getting on with it’.

So What Can you ‘Get on With’?

In order to help the brain release a bit of pressure and become more relaxed, it’s good to make a decision and ‘get on with it’ whenever possible.  As we know, the actual doing something is frequently far easier than the thinking about it.

So, as we hopefully move forward into calmer times, what can you cross off your to-do list.  What is isn’t worth worrying about or has become out of date?  Look at what is left. What can you move forward with that will make a difference to you? What one small step can you take that is showing you that you are ‘getting on with it’?

By the way, there’s rather a good course that we’re running starting in Edinburgh this September.  Plenty of our graduates may have dithered about signing up in the past.  We often hear ‘my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner’!  A very good reason to just ‘get on with’ applying!  Apply Here

Hands On!

We’ve recently been interviewing applicants for our next course in Glasgow starting in March, as well as our next course in Edinburgh starting in September. We’ve discovered some people like to plan ahead.  What’s interesting is the number of applicants who say they come through to us because our course is very practical. So, how practical is it?

After the first weekend:

During the first course weekend we have the students working with each other in the classroom practising trance. Then, we send them home to ask volunteers (family and friends) to help them by listening to the student reading language patterns we’ve provided. This, by itself, can have a very positive effect on the people listening.

After the Third Weekend:

By the end of third weekend, we’ve taught the students enough that they can be working with volunteer case studies, on a free of charge basis, with aspects such as anxiety and low mood. The students then feedback their experiences to the class. It might be an interesting experience or maybe they faced a more challenging client.  The whole class can learn from this discussion. Everything is done on an anonymous basis, so the case studies volunteers know their identity is protected. The lecturers act as supervisors to the students in between the course weekends and so, over the whole of the 10-month course, the students’ confidence grows along with their clinical hours and experience.

Benefits of Practice:

Working with members of the general public allows the students to come into contact with a wide diversity of people. As a result there is a wider range of symptoms that those people present with. Anything from anxiety, panic attacks and feeling under pressure through to pain, illness or needing increased confidence to deal with any situation that might come their way. This has proven to be an exceptionally good way of teaching. In consequence we fully expect our students to be seeing a minimum of 5-6 clients per week. By month ten most of our graduates have at least a part time practice in place.  Now isn’t that something to get exited about?

This last course weekend was month 4 and the students learnt about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how they can help their clients overcome this issue.

Next month is fears and phobias…there’s never a dull moment!

If you’re interested in training to become a clinical hypnotherapist, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715. She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

Full details of the course can be found under the HPD tab in the header menu of this website.

It’s Not Just a Hypnotherapy Course we Deliver!

Well, we’re fast arriving at our 2020 Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD) course very shortly.  We’re in flat out mode. Sorting the paperwork for those who have already signed up and we’re still interviewing the people who’ve just realised the course is only a matter of two weeks away!

We still laugh at the fact that Alex, one of our Senior Lecturers, only realised he’d like to train as a clinical hypnotherapist three days before starring his course with David Newton in Bristol. He ended up having his interview the day before the course started.  Now that’s what we call last minute!  Who’d have thought all these years later, well 9.5 years later to be precise, he’d be a supervisor and a senior lecturer with the same organisation.

Students Say it is Life Changing:

Previous students often say that this course is a life-changer.  Whilst receiving the training on how the brain works, it not only has a life-changing effect for their case study participants, but also for the students themselves.  As they apply what they learn to their own lives they tell us about the positive effects this has, for instance:

They tell us about how:

  • they’re sleeping better;
  • they’re dealing with everyday life in a better way;
  • they’ve taken COVID in their stride much more so than they would have done previously;
  • they’re loving helping people and getting the positive feedback as a result.
  • And more… a lot more!

Even after they graduate, we still receive updates from them.  Many of them become our supervisees.  This means we stay in very regular contact as we continue to support them as they build their businesses.

We like to see them develop their careers and they’ve started well.  Having studied on a very strong course that covers a multitude of areas.  Just taking the symptomology we teach them to work is extensive, such as:

Anxiety, depression, addictions, anger, blood pressure, blushing, lack of confidence, insomnia, IBS, smoking cessation, relationship difficulties, migraines, nail biting, nightmares, obsessions (OCD), panic attacks, skin disorders, pain management, weight loss, and a lot more!

Our Success is Widespread:

Our hypnotherapy training school is one of many in the CPHT organisation.  In fact, there are 27 schools across the UK.  Therefore, we have an infrastructure that is robust and supports our graduates with not only supervision once they finish their HPD course, but Continuing Professional Development training (CPD).

The HPD course teaches students pretty much everything they need to know for a successful career as a Hypnotherapist. Our CPD’s help graduates refresh, revise and deepen their skills and knowledge.  The CPD programme helps keep them fresh and motivated whilst broadening their knowledge in areas such as IBS, Childbirth, PTSD, etc.  Knowledge that allows them to talk with more confidence, such as why someone is more likely to suffer from IBS.

And who knows, just like us, they could become future hypnotherapy supervisors or lecturers – you just don’t know where looking through our website could lead you to!

Why Not You?

If you want a very rewarding career, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees – just click on the HPD tab on this website.

Alternatively, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  She’s one of our course lecturers so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  You can also email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.

Colourful Words Are Better For Us!

Take a moment to think about a pile of words.

Imagine a pile of words on the floor to your left. Then consider those words being as follows: winter, miserable, cold, sleet, hail, shivering, damp. Okay? Done it? Now if those words were to be a colour, what colour would they be do you imagine?

Now imagine another pile of words but to your right. In this pile imagine words such as smiling, summer, beach, happiness, energy, colourful. Now, what colour do you imagine these words would be?

Possibly the words on the left are a duller colour to the words on the right? Which pile do you prefer? We reckon the words on the right may have turned out to be lighter or brighter?

What we sometimes take for granted is the power of words. In certain situations, words can provide a catalyst for change. Not just at an intellectual level, but from the sensory perceptive level too. Many people will have painted the negative words with a negative colour. So, you can imagine what effect those words have on the brain, especially if we play them through our minds repeatedly. They could change the way we colour our lives.

Focus on the positive

If you choose to focus on something POSITIVE, whether it’s a word or an image, you start retraining your brain to automatically lean towards the POSITIVE!

It’s rather like thinking about the first record you ever bought – remember that? If you really start to think about it, you might tap into the sounds of that record or where you were when you bought it? The thought process will then probably lead you down a negative or positive track in your mind which will have an effect on the chemicals in your brain. Either increasing positive chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine or, if the thought process turns out to be negative, then it’ll increase negative chemicals, such as Cortisol.

The power of our thoughts

In teaching our students how the brain works, we give them an understanding of the power thoughts, either negative or positive. We also understand that it’s not easy to take control of your thoughts – if only we could simply snap our fingers and let all negative thoughts fall away! However, we teach our students how they can help their clients gradually change thought processes and thereby encourage an increase in positive chemicals. This allows us to feel happier and more in control.

So, despite COVID and lock down, if you need to feel happier or more in control, consider the words you thread through your mind and make them colourful! Sometimes we can’t change the situation around us, but we can improve our mood whilst keeping our feet on the ground.

Our next 10-month Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma course starts this September. See https://cphtedinburgh.co.uk/dates/ for the course weekend dates.


An epidemic – of stress!

The epidemic of modern life is stress

We came across an article by Deepak Chopra recently that made a lot of sense. It’s almost identical to what we’ve been saying for years:

“If an epidemic is defined as a disease that affects whole populations, without having a medical cure, then the epidemic of modern life is stress”.

We also read an article by a journalist craving to ‘escape life for a while’ and she’d found a weekend free in her busy diary in which to do so.  Turns out it was the only weekend she had free in over two months!

We can jump on our soapbox at this point, because what Deepak was talking about is a very serious situation and, in the main, created by ourselves.

Not giving ourselves proper time out leads to stress, which in turn leads to a breakdown of the body’s internal balance.  If the stress isn’t relieved, damage occurs. Serious damage within us!

There are many people in the local area, and we dread to think how many, who suffer from chronic stress that quietly builds up in a drip-drip way – and that was before COVID struck.

Many people we see as clients are suffering from things like insomnia. They might say that they’re not stressed, they just can’t sleep.  That’s because their brains have gradually become used to an increase in external pressure of whatever sort it might be.

The progression of stress

Ongoing stress reveals itself in various stages:

  1. Minor things like feeling mentally tired or perhaps under pressure from work.
  2. Then follows a behaviour change, such as a change of behaviour within work or relationships. Sometimes we see people turning to alcohol in order to escape pressure or stress. But as stress mounts the drinking can get heavier, the need for distraction more severe.
  3. Eventually chronic stress leads to physical damage.  Stomach aches, bad digestion and headaches are likely. So is reduced immune response, leading to more colds, worsened allergies and we don’t even want to mention COVID! After that, the problems will tend to be associated with inflammation, such as skin eruptions, irritable bowel syndrome, even a heart attack or stroke. By this stage, the damage caused by stress has led to serious system breakdown.

What’s interesting is when someone presents at the clinic with any of the above, they feel that this is happening to just them.  When we explain this is simply how the brain works, given certain circumstances, you can see the relief is huge.  They usually reply with something like: “What, it’s not just me then”?  It’s at this point we laugh and reply  “Oh no, it’s most definitely not just you”.

Learning how the brain works

When we teach our students how the brain works, we see pennies dropping like it’s going out of fashion.  Light bulb moments relating not only to themselves, but friends, family and work colleagues too.  As a course graduates, we always get great feedback and within that feedback can always be heard: “This course is life-changing”.

Interestingly, it’s not just life-changing for the student, but all their case study volunteers over the 10-months of training and then all the future clients they will see over the coming years.

We now have a pandemic!

Now, in 2020 with a pandemic around, there is even more work for our graduates to do.  There is a huge need to help with things such as anxiety, depression, OCD, etc. And that’s naming just a few issues, the list is very long!

If you want to be occupied in a different way, then have a look through our website at the course content, the course dates and the fees.

Anne Wyatt - CPHT Senior Lecturer
Anne Wyatt, CPHT Senior Lecturer

If you’re interested, give Anne a ring on 07584 414715.  Anne is one of our course lecturers, so will be able to answer any questions you may have.  Alternatively, email us at info@cphtedinburgh.co.uk.


Our support mechanism during training really is second to none.

One of the many areas of positive feedback that we receive from our students features the high level support that they receive both during and between course weekends. This is crucial for our students to graduate with an exceptionally high level of skill and is something that we take very seriously here at CPHT Scotland. So how do we do it?

  1. We have two Senior Lecturers teaching each course. Alex Brounger and Anne Wyatt are both working therapists and clinical supervisors as well as being senior lecturers, so they live and breathe the practical side of being a therapist day in and day out. This means we can combine a high level of theoretical knowledge with the real life, practical applications into practice. We know the useful tips and the pitfalls when it comes to working with clients, being self-employed and running a therapy business. In short, we get it!
  1. We limit our student numbers on each course. This combined with having two senior lecturers means that we can tailor teaching to the needs of each individual student. There is always time for questions on course weekends and every month we dedicate ring fenced time to hearing how the students have been getting on with clients over the past month, discussing what has gone well and what can be done differently moving forward.
  1. We choose our students carefully so that the comradery and support system between students is strong. Strong doesn’t actually seem a ‘strong’ enough word here – our students really do make friends for life and the support that they show to each other throughout the course and beyond is really something to behold as any of the graduates from our last course in particular will tell you!
  1. Both of our Senior Lecturers are available between course weekends so students can call, text or email us if they have any queries or require any support in between teaching weekends. They are never far from help if and when it is needed.
  1. If any student is finding a part of the training challenging, our first step is always to provide additional support. It is what we as senior lecturers are here for and rumour has it, we do it rather well!

Why not get in touch to find out more about enrolling for our next course.  We look forward to hearing from you!